‘Who knows what will happen?’ - Norfolk communities under threat of coastal erosion talk about fears

PUBLISHED: 12:36 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 22 March 2018

The Mundesley coast. Pictures: David Bale

The Mundesley coast. Pictures: David Bale


Communities in north Norfolk remain stoical about the likely effects of coastal erosion in future years despite their obvious concern.

Mundesley residents talk about coastal erosion. Janice Bishop. Pictures: David BaleMundesley residents talk about coastal erosion. Janice Bishop. Pictures: David Bale

Sobering maps have shown which sections of Norfolk’s coastline could be next to feel the devastating impact of coastal erosion, as homes in Hemsby edge closer to tumbling into the sea.

There are predictions of considerable erosion and no money to give proper protection to the coast between Overstrand and Mundesley and Kelling to Sheringham.

Janice Bishop, owner of the Corner House cafe in Mundesley, said: “We knew when we bought it six years ago that the coast could be gone in 50 years’ time, but it’s come a lot more rapidly than we thought.

“There were two falls behind a neighbour’s house at the end of the lane.

The Ship Inn by the coast in Mundesley. Pictures: David BaleThe Ship Inn by the coast in Mundesley. Pictures: David Bale

“We walk along the beach on most days and we’re always aware of a little trickle of stones coming down, and after the rain it’s worse.

“As for house prices, there are a lot of second homeowners here, which is holding prices up. But you cannot get a mortgage this side of the road because of the erosion.

“It’s a concern but we don’t know what we can do about it. Luckily, we’ve got the concrete on the immediate seafront.

“Even if they were to abandon this area to the sea, I don’t think they would let Mundesley church go, which is also on the coast.”

The nearby Manor Hotel also suffered a landslide and lost part of its garden a few years ago.

Nick Honey, general manager at the Ship Inn in Mundesley, said everyone was concerned.

He added: “The Environment Agency should spend money propping up the shoreline as tourism is this region’s lifeline.”

David Harding, chairman of Mundesley Parish Council, said they were making a donation of more than £10,000 to the coastal protection scheme.

Louise O’Shea, who owns the Seaview Beach Cafe in West Runton, said: “We lost 10 metres, a huge chunk of our car park, in 2013. This year’s not been so bad, but who knows what will happen in the future?”

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